Damien Hirst Teams Up With Disney For Charity

The renowned British artist was asked to paint an interpretation of the cartoon character

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Same spots, different look: Damien Hirst has teamed up with Disney to create a new dot piece depicting Mickey Mouse.

The artist was asked by Disney to come up with an interpretation of the cartoon character to be auctioned off for charity. The result, titled “Mickey,” is a painting on canvas that makes use of Hirst’s trademark dots — in black, red and yellow —  to depict the iconic mouse.

“Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots,” Hirst said in a statement. “I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognisable – Mickey Mouse is such a universal and powerful icon.”

The painting will be auctioned for the Kids Company charity, which helps inner-city children and teens, at Christie’s in London on February 13.

[New York Times]